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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: City

Re: “Timely Mail, Sunday Packages: Can Burlington's Acting Postmaster Deliver?

I applaud Raleigh for the sentiment of "taking pride in everything I do", although he seems to have a pretty low bar for taking pride in his spelling or grammar. Education just may be the answer to avoiding spending your life working at a myriad of low-paying, part-time jobs?

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Posted by Penelope on 03/21/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Timely Mail, Sunday Packages: Can Burlington's Acting Postmaster Deliver?

Well we can thank are government for making A merica a part time country i have to work 3 jobs to survive and one is a part time rural carrier been 3 yrs . The help u get is what you get from a part timer why would they care . They dont really get anything to make them take any pride in there work . I wasnt brought up that way i take pride in everything i do even shoveling , i shovel the post office in winter for free so nobody falls down and the ladys in the post office can do there jobs inside.

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Posted by Raleigh01 on 03/19/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Timely Mail, Sunday Packages: Can Burlington's Acting Postmaster Deliver?

People who have Amazon Prime are the only ones who get parcel delivery on Sunday.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by April Densmore Lapell-Kuni on 03/19/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Burlington's Mayor Wants More Downtown Student Housing

Interesting. A Developer Mayor wants to build "Student Housing". What a fantastic idea! And all this talk of "Student Ghettos".... (one can readily figure out the implication of such a phrase and what is being conveyed). Personally, I prefer a non-cookie-cutter approach (ie: Students living in different houses, different areas). This attempt to "Gentrify" is nothing more than an attempt to build "housing" that can profit large-scale developers who will benefit. And my sentiments about such people would not be appropriate to post in this forum.

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Posted by Johann Ivan on 03/13/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Burlington's Mayor Wants More Downtown Student Housing

Walking around downtown, you can see some of those issues delicately referred to here as "quality of life issues". There's been a huge increase in graffiti that picked up right around September, more urine puddles in alleys and corners than I can count, and a lot of litter leading up Main Street.

Maybe UVM and the other colleges would like to share in the responsibility of cleaning downtown up first before we throw more of these inconsiderate youth into our downtown?

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Posted by JamesMason09 on 03/13/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Burlington's Mayor Wants More Downtown Student Housing

Burlington was never a college town. It is a town built historically by working class people from Irish, French, Italian, Scottish, German, Jewish backgrounds that ran the city while Anglo-Saxons manned the Hill Section. The Universities had native Vermonters attending from nearly every town or city, from Vermont. The rules for off campus living was strict and enforced. There were booms and busts and development and we are still recovering from a less environmentally aware time concerning how much hazardous stuff was buried and dumped into the lake and our soil.

Presently, tourism seems to guide the needs of the city, not the other way around, and social services seem to be the bandaid of keeping poorer folks just going with their heads above water. Our state university and also Champlain have become cash cows where our own state has dropped the ball in providing access and support to Vermonters attending. Instead the sons and daughters of a very small wealthy class, some in state, but most out of state, impact the rental market, the capitalist market place for goods, along with more affluent tourists. The new Americans from many countries seem to be the bridge along with native Vermonters who understand class issues. These are the Burlington residents that need to hold city hall and it's affluent allies feet to the fire. Burlington is not a made up town like Stratton, but a real breathing town where people go sick and hungry, live in pain, and basically do most of your menial work. The addictions and violence, and isolation is there. We can own up to it and redirect our priorities or suffer from an out of control place of both despair and folks blinded to the people they literally step over. Self smug liberalism doesn't cut it for me. .

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 03/12/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Burlington's Mayor Wants More Downtown Student Housing

What has Burlington come to when the definition of affordable housing for young families is synonymous with off-campus housing for college students? Instead of incentivizing home ownership for young families, let's create a "better rental market".

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Posted by Shaun Boyce on 03/11/2015 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Turning the Longtime Homeless Population Into Tenants

Glad he got a place had to fight to get one for me and my son he has medical issues and special needs

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Posted by smiley on 03/09/2015 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Turning the Longtime Homeless Population Into Tenants

I did that survey but did me no good I have a son with a seizure disorder in order to get into housing i,had to have a special mtg at my son's school we were homeless and our 84 days were coming to a end fast without that mtg,and help from easter seals help with extra help we'd still be homeless were in transitional housing,we were living at harbor place for 4 months had to move every 28 days had over 2 truck loads to move out,was not right with my sobs medical issues

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Posted by smiley on 03/09/2015 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Turning the Longtime Homeless Population Into Tenants

i have a friend who would be perfect for this program. He was in a shelter but asked to leave cause of his snoring and a disability he has that makes him click his teeth together a lot and people were bothered over that so out into the streets he is and I try to help him but that's said when a disability can get u tossed out of a shelter. So he needs his own home so no one will have to deal with his disability. Very sad story if u can help email me @ purpleputon@ yahoo. Com. Please help

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Posted by Linda Hartigan on 03/05/2015 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

So, Bernie Sander's wife bought the property for the college, for some reason paying $4 million more than it was worth at the time... interesting. Then, mismanaged the school to the degree it could no longer afford the property, taking a 1/4 million dollar golden parachute she from the school on her forced exit. Now, the school is in the dire straights it was driven straight to by Sanders and has to sell the property to the same developer. I have to wonder who might be best buds behind the scenes here. Me thinks there should be a criminal investigation. Otherwise, let Mrs. Sanders dip into her 1 Percenter, excessively deep pockets and save not only the school, but Burlington too, from the situation she created.

Posted by FreedomToThink on 12/19/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Burlington's Most Affordable Neighborhood Is ... For Sale

Great article! Leadership is rising from this crisis, and the courage of resident is attracting notable resources, people who have come to stand with park residents. So proud of this community.

Brian Pine began his housing advocacy organizing MHPs. Sara Woodward CVOEO is praised by the Milton MHP co-op board as someone who helped them every step of the way. Andy Danforth from CDI is an expert in co-op financing and management, and Matt Cropp, a historian of co-ops, is a North End neighbor. It is an auspicious collaboration, a strong team.

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Posted by leaterhune on 12/02/2014 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

How can this story only have one comment? I'm surprised that this hasn't generated more discussion. When it's gone, it's gone. If the city wants to preserve even a piece of this land shouldn't we at least be in discussions NOW about how much we will have to spend to get it? It might cost a lot more than we want to spend and suddenly paying 7 million to get all of it doesn't sound that bad.

Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 11/21/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

Bells tolling the hour or service doesn't bother me. A whole hymn? No thank you.

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Posted by vtalise on 11/07/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

I think there may be a solution to this. During church services, can a few people gather just outside with boom boxes turned all the way up, blasting the Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil"? If these church people think it's okay to blast music to the whole neighborhood every day, then they ought to be sympathetic to the neighbors blasting music right back to them. I think after five or six Sundays, they may decide it's not nice to disturb neighbors with loud, obnoxious music when they're working or relaxing at home. Anyone who blasts loud music, no matter their race or religion, needs to be taught manners and respect. It is simply shocking that a church would be so rude and obnoxious, but there are many legal ways to retaliate if the police and city won't help. I would be happy to help make the pastor's ears uncomfortable so he can learn sympathy for the ears of others.

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Posted by Penelope on 11/06/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

We live 5 or 6 blocks away and hear it clearly. I think that they should go on longer than it takes the bells at city hall to chime 12 times at noon. And at 2:45, they have the same amount of time as 2 chimes, etc. Seems a little unfair to have to listen to the good part of a hymn if that's not what you want to hear.

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Posted by Kath Montstream on 11/06/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

You would think that a supposedly benevolent organization like the VT Catholic Diocese could find a whole host of better things to spend that donated money on than a new loudspeaker system. Sure, I get that apparently someone had donated money specifically for the purpose of replacing a defunct bell/speaker system but how does this fit with the overall mission of the Church? Like spending your time in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 11/06/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

Sadly it will go the way of condo-land for all the rich new yorkers getting away from it all...and F U Vermonters ( and that is not Felix Unger)

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Posted by Sean Moran on 11/05/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

As a resident of the five sisters, I can confirm that the electronic recorded bells are extremely annoying - the hymns resemble tinny ringtones, and go on and on every evening. Definitely impacts the quiet enjoyment of my home!

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Posted by Quasimodo on 11/05/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

No "noice" ordinance violation? *Noice!*

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Posted by AnotherVermonterAgainstThePipeline on 11/05/2014 at 11:08 AM

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